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Take 5

by The Balance Design Team

It’s the five year anniversary of our brick and mortar studio in Candler Park! As we reflect on how far we’ve come, we’re also celebrating who we are — a team of five distinct individuals working together to create innovative and meaningful designs. No matter the differences in our styles and personalities, we share a common ground of five core values.

Approachability: We are friendly, relatable, and always have our clients’ best interests in mind.

Innovation: We are always learning and are not afraid to try bold new ideas.

Environmental consciousness: Our dedication as responsible stewards of our planet, are reflected throughout the decisions in our designs and business.

Community focus: We work with local artists, businesses, and craftspeople to transform the homes of our clients around Atlanta.

Curation: We add inspiring new art and furnishings from a variety of sources to supplement and transform existing rooms, rather than eliminating treasured heirlooms.

We’ve loved getting to know our clients, colleagues, and neighbors over the past five years in our Candler Park studio. We’ll share more about our core values and how they show up in our design projects in the next few weeks — stick around!

5 Atlanta Artists That We Believe In

By: Stephanie Andrews

Art is an integral part of great design, and local art makes a space especially meaningful. Over the years we have featured dozens of local Atlanta artists in our studio gallery in Candler Park, but there’s always more we want to share. Here are five of our current favorites.

Briana Gordon

Photo Courtesy of bngordon

We get inspired by Briana Gordon’s art each day we pass by our designer Melody’s inspiration board. Briana’s portraits of black women are beautiful, colorful, and deeply expressive.

Yoyo Ferro

Photo Courtesy of Yoyo Ferro

Yoyo Ferro’s artwork is especially personal to me because my son went to The New School, whose exterior was transformed by the artist into a joyful, colorful masterpiece. Each painting, whether on a canvas or a brick wall, brings happiness to its environment.

Carl Linstrum 

Photo Courtesy of Carl Linstrum

A professor of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Carl’s mixed media paintings feature intriguing colors, textures, and layers with a focus on foliage and Portuguese tile inspired backgrounds. (Plus, he’s a neighbor to our Candler Park studio!)

Kat Denson

Photo Courtesy of Kat Denson

Years ago, we helped Kat Denson renovate her historic Druid Hills home and have been enamored with her art ever since. Whether she’s painting animals, abstracts, or florals, it’s her modern impressionist brushstrokes and color palette that delight us in each piece.

Helen Ferguson Crawford

Photo Courtesy of Helen Ferguson Crawford

A trained architect and artist, Helen Ferguson Crawford (another Candler Park neighbor) mixes expressive, energetic linework with vibrant and intense color blocking. Her abstract paintings are surprising and invigorating.

Atlanta’s ever-growing art scene is constantly evolving with new and exciting talent. Seen someone you think we need to know about? We are always looking for unique pieces that move us! Reach out and let us know at  [email protected].

What Our Clients Are Saying: #BDhomelove

By Real Life Balance Design clients

What do our clients have to say about their own #bdhomelove? We asked what their favorite space is, and what they love about it so much. Unsurprisingly, they did not disappoint!

The Kitchen:  Where The Fun Is!

“What’s in a kitchen?  It turns out that for our home, it’s not just pots, pans, and dishes, it’s the heart of our home.  When we were searching for our home, we selected ours because the kitchen is the first thing you see when you open the door.  Our kitchen used to be dark with darker finishes, which did not lend itself to being inviting.  When it came time to revamp the look, we turned to Balance Design to make it “pop,” and pop it did!

What used to be dark and dank has become a central part of our home.  Everyone wants to be in the kitchen because of the bright light and brighter colors, and everyone loves the new ‘3-D’ tiles!  In our home, the kitchen is where the fun (and food!) is – and what better way to pass the time with people you care about, gathered around the warm and inviting space that Balance Design has created for us…the food doesn’t hurt either!”

Globally inspired Living Room

“Together with Shelby and Stephanie we have been dreaming our living room into being for several months. We hoped for rich colors and textures with a globally inspired design which could include some pieces gathered over decades of travel as well as adding new furnishings with a more updated sensibility. It has brought us such joy that with the help of Balance Design all of these elements came to fruition in the height of winter, because the true center of this room is the hearth. I am not exaggerating when I say we look forward all day long to gathering at day’s end around the blazing fire in this gorgeous deep blue room. Flanking this room on either side are rooms with floor to ceiling windows that bring in the outdoors. In contrast, this room, which has become my favorite, is womb-like, a place to retreat and regroup, a place to literally warm up, and above all else, a place to dream.”

Spa Inspired Bath

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge

“Our friends at Balance Design helped us to create a gorgeous new spa master bath. From the opulent Ming green mosaic tile that simulates a waterfall flowing into a peaceful pool, to the rich wood flooring that brings in an organic feel, to the carefully chosen mirrors and hardware, and oh yes, the space-conscious, marble topped dressing vanity, we are absolutely in love!

Happy Valentine’s Day Balance Design! We are over the moon, and we owe it all to you!”

Inviting Lounge Space

“My husband and I absolutely adore this space. The goal was to repurpose a breakfast nook off the kitchen into an inviting lounge space, and Jennifer at Balance delivered! The green velvet sofa changes colors as the sun rises and sets, making the room take on different personalities throughout the day. In the mornings, the colors are vibrant and the room is bright and cheery – a perfect place for coffee and reading. In the evenings, the room takes on a jewel toned hue, making it the perfect spot to listen to records and have a cocktail. She was also able to help us turn some of our concert poster collection into an amazing gallery wall. This room perfectly reflects our personalities and interests.”

We love helping our clients create the relaxing, rejuvenating, comfortable home environment they’ve always wanted. Hearing from them just how much of an impact their revitalized spaces have on their lives is what our dreams are made of. What’s your #bdhomelove?